Eyehategod
Dopesick


5.0
classic

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
February 5th, 2010 | 144 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A festering pinnacle of rage for Sludge and extreme music in general. Arguably EHG's best album to date and a classic of the genre.

Eyehategod is one of the bands whose sincerity is not doubted. Vocalist Mike Williams life has been through a ***storm of bad luck (E.g. parents died at early age) and bad decisions (drug addiction). Or at least that is the picture we get from the view of EHG. “Dopesick” is one of the finest examples of pure hatred and misery expressed in music. It’s one of, if not the best sludge albums created. If some southern styled detuned blues mixed with bursts of hardcore fury sounds nice to you, this is your album.

The “Sabbath crossed with Black Flag” analogy is the most popular when trying to explain EGH’s sound and for good reason. It still doesn’t do the band justice because they really have a more unique sound than that. “Dopesick” does have more of a hardcore feel than previous records and it may contain some of their most energetic tracks. Beginning with “My Name is God(I Hate You)”, we are greeted with feedback and the boiling rage of Williams screaming as he breaks a bottle against the ground. From that point the feedback rises and the bass line begins to creep in. It’s one ***ing hell of an opener, especially after reading about the studio experience. Supposedly Williams in a drunken stupor, ripped open his hand on the broken glass and smeared “Hell” across the glass in the recording studio. You can’t get much more sincere than that.

“Dog’s Holy Life” and “Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)” are some of the more hardcore paced tracks that bring a nice shift from the usual swamp creature crawls. Speaking of vile crawls, “Zero Nowhere” is probably EHG’s most unforgettable song. The sub harmonics are unreal and that slow cooking riff can really ignite the fire in your belly, like a shot of whiskey. “Methamphetamine” has the same effect, especially just as the vocals kick in over the distortion ridden blues licks. It seems kind of weird for music that is so infused with genuine hatred for nearly everything to be so enjoyable to listen to.

I’m sure it’s the catharsis of it; I can’t imagine a better way to release such raw energy. This album is a pinnacle in the history of Sludge and extreme music in general. It completely captures human negativity and frustration with all the power this art form can allow. It can be hard to choose a favorite between EHG’s albums but I would put this at number one. Anyone interested in this style needs “Dopesick”.



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DBlitz
February 5th 2010


1690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules. i put it off for too long though, just listened to it recently.

nice review.

Bleekill
February 5th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, I've been listening to it for a few years but I always come back to EHG's stuff. I realized it needed a review a while ago but I just got around to it.

rasputin
February 5th 2010


14544 Comments


awesome band

Relinquished
February 6th 2010


25049 Comments


awesome band [2]

ThePalestMexican
February 6th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweetness all the way.

Dryden
February 6th 2010


12928 Comments


rules

erasedcitizen
February 6th 2010


716 Comments


Mmm, southern sludge.

hykudos
February 6th 2010


460 Comments


The “Sabbath crossed with Black Flag” analogy is the most popular when trying to explain EGH’s sound and for good reason.


EGH should be EHG. Anyways, good review. I think I'll pick this up later and give it a spin.

ov420
February 6th 2010


300 Comments


one of their best

HenchmanOfSanta
February 6th 2010


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Please tell me this is much better than Take as Needed For Pain, because I was pretty disappointed by that.

DBlitz
February 6th 2010


1690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I reckon that Take as Needed For Pain is better

Phantom
February 6th 2010


8930 Comments


Good review as usual, pos'd.

I've only heard In the Name Of Suffering by these guys but it rules, need to delve into their discography.

ianjulian
February 6th 2010


630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing

brutebeard
February 6th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is what I need at this point in my life, thanks for the info...pos'd

Bleekill
February 6th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like the production better on Dopesick, while I do love Take as Needed for Pain. I think that is basically the only edge it has.

Wizard
February 6th 2010


19401 Comments


Eyehategod is one of the bands whose sincerity is not doubted. Vocalist Mike Williams life has been through a ***storm of bad luck (E.g. parents died at early age) and bad decisions (drug addiction).

Not to mention Hurricane Katrina if I'm not mistaken.

It’s one of, if not the best sludge albums created.

Yeppers! Learn this kids.

Really liked this review alot, especially the factual tidbits you throw in.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Bleekill
February 6th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, and yeah Katrina was definitely a bad time for him but that was years after this album was put out so I didn't mention it.

Wizard
February 6th 2010


19401 Comments


Ahhhh but you didn't say it like that, you gave it an overall feel to his life hahahahaha. Jk. Very happy there are still some people on this site who know their shit!!!!

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010


6109 Comments


Good review, I pos'd.

Album sounds pretty cool, so maybe I'll check it out.

UpperDecker
March 3rd 2010


255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got their whole discography a while ago. I can't really pick a favorite. Band is intense.



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